Documents obtained by Wisconsin Reporter show that Reed Hall, CEO of Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, recommended that the SWIB loan $200 million to theWEDC.
"Walker serves as chairman of the WEDC board of directors. Hall said WEDC would use SWIB’s cash to promote business growth through taxpayer-subsidized government investments in Wisconsin companies. In a letter to SWIB, Hall explained that he was turning to the pension fund because his start-up program would likely find it harder to tap private investors “due to a lack of demonstrable track records.”
Oh, there's plenty of demonstrable track record at the WEDC. The problem for them is that it demonstrates rank incompetence at nearly every level. The problems with the WEDC are myriad and have been covered here before. Hall certainly has a challenge ahead. How do you convince private investors to invest their money in an agency that has demonstrated nothing but failure, whose funds will be run by largely first-time fund managers, in a state that has failed miserably at attracting economic development? Well, you don't. If you could, Hall wouldn't be hitting up the SWIB for a fix from the pension fund. These people need to take some personal responsibility and stop looking for a handout. Isn't it about time the takers stopped begging from the makers?